HI my name is Elizabeth and I have an issue with Fantasy (this is where you say ‘Hi Elizabeth’)
I should start at the beginning. I love fantasy, epic, mythic and modern. I grew up with it, I cut my teeth on it and it was what I wanted to read, watch and write, but somewhere along the line things changed. I don’t know I changed or if authors changed but somewhere along the line the way animals were represented in fiction started to bother me.
I have a degree in animal science and I work at two living history museums, at one facility I help care for a flock of historically accurate sheep. I’ve worked for vets and wildlife rehabilitation facilities, I’ve lived on a dairy farm and owned a horse from the time she was nine months to the day she died at the age of twenty seven, I’ve raised chickens and worked with Bald Eagles. I think I qualify as well rounded when it comes to animals.
I don’t expect all authors to be well rounded like that but obvious lack of knowledge will make me not finish a book.
What I am planing to do:
Every week I hope to post about animals and hopefully it will help remedy some of the issues I see way to often. I am going to start with horses because that is an animal that most fantasy and historical authors use and it is a place were I see a lot of errors.
So welcome to Wotan Wednesday - or Historical Hump-day, if you have anything you want me to cover let me know!
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